Some say the true talent in successful athletes is the unusual ability to practice the same thing over and over and over again (as compared to the raw talent to run fast, jump high, etc). How do you see it?
My first professional coach and greatest mentor, Joe Vigil, would say "repetition is the mother of learning." He also said, "Rome wasn't built in a day." [I'll take his word for it.] But I'll add that success, in addition to repetition, is grit, joy, and most importantly resilience. I also believe that resilience isn't just overcoming challenges, injury and poor performances, but also finding focus and direction after great races- to realize a great performance isn't career capping, and get back to work!